The impact of reproductive investment and early‐life environmental conditions on senescence: support for the disposable soma hypothesis

@article{Hammers2013TheIO,
  title={The impact of reproductive investment and early‐life environmental conditions on senescence: support for the disposable soma hypothesis},
  author={Martijn Hammers and David S. Richardson and Terry A. Burke and Jan Komdeur},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={26}
}
Several hypotheses have been put forward to explain the evolution of senescence. One of the leading hypotheses, the disposable soma hypothesis, predicts a trade‐off, whereby early‐life investment in reproduction leads to late‐life declines in survival (survival senescence). Testing this hypothesis in natural populations is challenging, but important for understanding the evolution of senescence. We used the long‐term data set from a contained, predator‐free population of individually marked… 

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